Monday, June 16, 2008

Paleontology for Dullards: Special Edition!!!

"Paleontology for Dullards" (usually) rates records I've found in used LP bins by assigning them a cash value. For further explanation, please see my original post here. This time though, instead simply reviewing the record I'm giving the entire LP for free download!

Fuzzbox We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It!
Introduced to the world on the legendary C86 cassette, the all-female, most teen aged quartet known as We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It truncated their name to simply Fuzzbox for their debut album. There's something that's very paradoxical about this record. Perhaps it's the band's amateurish but enthusiastic musicianship attempting to be wed to 80s pop expectations. Or maybe it's their legitimate independent spirit ("Pay less attention to the packaging and listen to the voice!" they instruct in "Preconceptions") paired with an image that seems to present them as punky teenage tarts. It all comes off like Kleenex trying to be Spice Girls. If that sounds appealing to you (and why wouldn't it?) and you can stomach their deconstruction of "Spirit in the Sky" (which is awful in a very cheeky way but still kind of awful) you'll definitely enjoy this platter. Songs like "Jackie," "You Got Me" and "Rules and Regulations" pop with punkish energy and bright harmonies, anticipating the sound of several Riot Grrrl outfits and even post-indie popsters like Love Is All. And, yes they do use that fuzzbox.
Price paid: $5 Rating: 100%

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